Sunday, 26 October 2008

Organisations and Orbats

Now that the forces of the Margraf are in the field, a short note about unit organisation in 1701.

Reiter:

1 Gruppe = 1 Gefreiter and 11 men = 12 sabres
1 Sektion = 2 Gruppen = 1 Obergefreiter, 1 Gefreiter and 22 Troopers = 24 sabres
1 Zug = 3 Sektionen = 72 sabres, plus 1 Leutnant/Oberleutnant, 1 Unteroffzier, 1 Trompette = 75
1 Schwadron = 2 Zugen = 150 sabres, plus 1 Hauptmann, 1 Feldwebel (SSM), 1 Stabsunteroffizier (SQMS), 1 Trompette = 154 sabres
1 Regiment = 4 Schwadronen = 616 sabres, plus 1 Oberstleutnant (C0), 1 Rittermeister (2IC), 1 Oberleutnant (Adjt), 1 Hauptfeldwebel (RSM), 1 Stabsunteroffizier (TM) = 621

NB: These are the fighting sabres of the regiment, medical, veterinary staff, transport drivers, orderlies, etc are not included in the above figures.

A note on the rank structure, (starting at the bottom)

Soldat* = Private
Gefreiter = Lance Corporal
Obergefreiter = Corporal
Hauptgefreiter = Lance Sergeant
Unteroffizier = Sergeant
Stabsunteroffizier = Staff Sergeant
Feldwebel = Warrant Officer Class 2 = (CSM)
Oberfeldwebel = Warrant Officer Class 2 = (Bn SM or RQMS)
Hauptfeldwebel = Warrant Officer Class 1 = (RSM)

Fahnenjunker = Officer Candidate (direct entry)
Fahnrich = Officer Candidate (from the ranks (very rare))

Leutnant = 2nd Lieutenant
Oberleutnant = Lieutenant
Hauptmann = Captain
Major** = Major
Oberstleutant = Lieutenant Colonel
Oberst = Colonel
General der Infanterie*** = Brigadier
Generalmajor = Major General
Generalleutnant = Lieutenant General
Generaloberst = General

*Also known as Reiter, Dragoner, Kanonier, Jager, Pionier, etc, depending on arm of service
** Rittermeister in Kavalerie and Artillerie
*** Or General der Kavallerie, or Artillerie, etc

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